Hometown: Los Angeles
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: Single
Amelia Wang is cheerful, gracious, winsome — and totally into blood sports.
The 32-year-old Los Angeles native began tae kwon do classes in the fourth grade and, in more recent years, has moved into the even fiercer realm of kickboxing.
“I was always picked last in team sports, so I gravitated to the martial arts,” says Wang, the chief of staff for Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.). “I’m totally into it.”
“It’s a hard choice, because I don’t want to get my nose broken,” she says regretfully. “I kind of want my face to stay the way it is.”
When she’s not sparring, Wang uses her downtime trying “to relax and detach from this thing as much as I can,” she says, pointing to her BlackBerry.
A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied psychology and sociology, Wang jumped directly into the high-stress world of politics. She ran a district office for Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) before moving to Washington in 2009 to lead Chu’s team.
“I’ve always had the position of being a type A,” she says. “I didn’t take any breaks.”
Although she misses the cheap ethnic food of Los Angeles (“Chinese is the biggest challenge”), Wang says she’s come to appreciate life in Washington — particular the seasonal weather.
“As much as Snowmageddon was not fun, the fact that D.C. has four seasons has been great,” she says, happily noting the need for “cute winter coats.”
“You can actually rock that stuff here, because you need it,” she says.
Wang says the focus on her career is largely the reason she’s single. But there’s another reason lurking.
“I’m also extremely picky, and I’m still holding out for the perfect guy,” she says.
“And I believe he’s out there.”
– Mike Lillis